Mar 15, 2014
How Much Did Obama Know About NSA Spying? Depends on Whom You Ask
Posted on Oct 28, 2013
Intelligence officials speaking anonymously (do they know any other method?) are reportedly pissed that the White House seems to be distancing the president from the NSA’s metastasizing eavesdropping scandal.
Indications that Obama didn’t know the U.S. was spying on foreign leaders such as Angela Merkel are bogus, reports the L.A. Times:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “I am totally opposed” to spying on foreign leaders unless the United States is engaged in hostilities or it’s an emergency of some kind. Feinstein, who should be briefed on espionage in keeping with the constitutional principle of separate, co-equal branches of government, said her committee had not heard about such activities in more than a decade. Feinstein has been a harsh critic of Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower whose leaks provided the information she says she was chagrined not to be getting. Seems like an apology is in order.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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